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, maryland. northern jefferson county in west virginia, and southern berkley county in west virginia. take you to the live radar here, show you where we're talking about on the storms. notice in the upper right-hand corner of your screen here we're zooming in to the panhandle of west virginia. this is the cell that we're watching very, very carefully right in here. right here just up to the north sides of charles town, west virginia, when i put this little circle on here where you can see the red touching the green, that's where red winds are going towards and away touching one another. as a result this is the area right in here, just to the north of charles town, west virginia, where there is a potential radar-indicated tornado on the ground at this point in time. this storm is traveling to the northeast at 40 miles per hour. so i'll put a storm track on it for you here so you can sort of see the towns that are in the line of fire, as you were. as we go up to the northeast, at about 40 miles per hour, we're going to be able to see that this storm is headed up into washington county, south
aquarium gets an extreme makeover. first, thoe, a pastor and his wife from hay market, virginia, are back home from haiti with their adopted son. the warrens were trying to adopt for 12 years. time after time the adoption fell through. after meeting their son in haiti, they knew nothing, not even an earthquake will get in the way. we have more on their amazing journey. >> reporter: through the lens of pastor warren his new son is introduced to family. grandparents, aunts and uncles swarmed baby sterle. >> i'm so thankful. i ask our government please help the families that are still sitting at the embassy crying like i am. it's just a dream come true. one of the happiest days of my life. >> reporter: this emotional day has been months in the making. through the adoption process, everybody was almost set until january 12th when the earthquake hit and the adoption papers were destroyed. the warrens decided to return to haiti and bring him back themselves. with no paperwork it took nearly two weeks to overcome red tape. >> our haitian lawyer produced everything she could. we had friends in vi
the bill would allow district residents to buy guns and ammunition in maryland and virginia. the bill would also repeal registration requirements. there is a curious line in -- in the 19-page bill that seems to strip the district of columbia of its ability to make any laws related to gun control. we will talk about that tonight. also we are going to ask officials about that and ask about the possible political motivations behind the introduction of the bill right now. so that's a story we are working on. tonight we will have more at 11:00. >> lot going on there. thank you, craig. >>> former tooid d.c. council member jim graham pleaded not guilty to bribery charges today. ted losa is charged with taking cash and services in exchange for pushing laws farable to the taxi cabin industry. prosecutors say that he accepted more than $30,000 along with trips, limo rides, meals. graham denies any wrongdoing and says that he's cooperating with the authorities. law enforcement authorities told "the washington post" graham is not the target of their investigation. >>> welling the deal is done, folks. w
compete better with delta. >>> coming up tonight, the governor of virginia adding new language to a proclamation about confederate history month after a national outcry. >>> big fire blew out the windows of a highrise in boston. >>> nike out with a new commercial. >>> the orlando magic getting a little bit tricky against the wizards tonight. baseball season is in full swing. nationals trying to crack into the win column. >>> the governor of virginia is making changes to a controversial proclamation declaring april confederate history month in virginia. bob mcdonnell issued that proclamation, he said to promote tourism in the state in advance of the 150th anniversary of the start of the civil war. virginia was the capital of the confederacy then and a major civil war battleground. but the declaration left out anti-slavery. it agrees it is important to for all virginians to understand the institution of slavery led to this war and was an evil and inhumane practice. >>> d.c. public school teachers could get a dramatic pay raise and tougher work standards if a new union contract is
in west virginia, rescuers at the upper big branch mine are waiting to resume their mission. their effort is on hold tonight while crews vent dangerous air from the mine. four miners are trapped underground still. officials don't know if they are dead or alive. 25 miners died in monday's blast. two injured workers are in the hospital. steve handelsman is live in raleigh county with the latest for us. steve? >> reporter: hi, jim. thank you. it was a big setback. not that it matters much to the four miners. everybody here says they still believe that they still imagine that on monday as this explosion went off and killed 25 guys, it was a big explosion, these four guys who were shielded from the blast and used their training and they knew where these shelters were and think maybe three guys are in one-and-one guy is in another and if that's right, these guys would be okay. their shelters are strong. most importantly, they have air to breathe. since they are designed for more than a dozen guys, there's plenty of air for these guys to survive through the weekend. but the disappointment comes
are coming to virginia thanks to a deal worked out between the state and a huge defense contractor. governor bob mcdonnell announced the plan for northrup grumman to move its headquarters here. >> reporter: northrup grumman plans to open its new headquarters in the summer of 2011 in arlington or fair view park area, fairfax county, near falls church. exact location will be revealed in about the next 30 days but the big news it was delivered today at a news conference in rosslyn. >> thanks so much. >> just as -- >> reporter: governor mcdonnell presented northrup grumman's ceo p virginia stock to celebrate news one of the world's largest defense contractors would move its corporate head quarters from california to northern virginia. northrup grumman chose virginia after a competition with maryland and the district. >> it was difficult to come down to our final selection. but in that final selection, northern virginia was the winner. >> reporter: economic considerations and available real estate were deciding factors. virginia also offered $12 million and $15 million in incentives to lure the c
in the mountains, western maryland, west virginia into the upper 40s. and in southern virginia, in the upper 50s. and over the last 12 hours, we've seen the circulation in the atmosphere that triggered yesterday's storms, pulling off to our north and east. a little drizzle around this morning. and as the day progresses, we'll have the winds picking up. highs reaching the low 60s. and quite a bit of cloudiness, just the slight chance of a sprinkle early this morning and later on in the afternoon. more sun tomorrow, highs mid 60s. and near 80 by friday. how's the traffic, engineer? >>> the drive along i-95 uncomplicated. but as tom had mentioned, some patches of light rain, mist, coming down. so the roads may be a little slick. but out of dumfries and dale city, accident-free. interstate 270, wet pavement this morning. authorities were checking for an accident in the local lanes, 270 southbound between 78 and montrose road. and watch out, it will be slick this morning. >>> well you'll have a chance this evening to pay your respects to the late civil rights pioneer, dorothy height. she's died last
for fun™. >>> we did not receive the miracle we prayed for. >> heart break in west virginia. overnight the bodies of four missing miners were found inside a coal mine. how officials are trying to stop the tragedy from happening again. good morning, i am aaron gilchrist. and a little cool this morning, but a nice day, justin. >> yeah, that's right. it's a bit of a chilly start. we are not used to this, and it has been a week and a half since we have seen temperatures down in the 40s, but this is typical for an early morning april start. and still some 30s showing up across the virginia piedmont down towards culpepper, and even towards the mountains we are looking at the 30s. here in the district, mid-40s, and prince georges county, and frederick another cool spot at 39 degrees. the sun will come up at 6:39 this morning, and plenty of sunshine warming us back up this afternoon. and just a beautiful forecast, and we will have the complete details coming up. >> average is pretty nice these days. thank you very much, justin. >>> we are following breaking news from russia this morning. that'
in the 40s right now. 48 degrees in front royal, virginia. leesburg, virginia coming in at 47 degrees. alexandria, virginia coming in at 52. a nice day today whether you're in virginia, maryland or district. highs today will climb up to the upper 70s nearing 80 degrees. extended forecast for not only for today but all the way through easter weekend and opening day at national's ballpark on monday, temperatures running about 15 to 20 degrees warmer than average. you got to like that. >> let's head out see how things are moving along in downtown. south capital street to the douglas bridge no problems. checking reports of a car fire 95 southbound near newington. reports of traffic light issues in the overnight hours. north capital street, we'll be watching that. that's how we're doing ladies. >>> it is 4:41. ahead in the news, a virginia based navy ship has a run in with pirates. >> an update on the so-called mega project. the mega headaches that will cause drivers for a long time to come. >>> up next an update on the worst flooding in 200 years. that continues to cripple several states.
into areas of virginia. what we are going to have is this line coming through with generally showers, probably moderate showers and temperatures that will be dropping in a hurry. the blue dot is where the wind damage was today. tomorrow, a cool one for us. we' don't expect to see the return of 80 degree heat for a while. >>> that massive ash cloud coming from a volcano in iceland grounded thousands of flights in europe and delayed passengers over the world. air space won't reopen until tomorrow afternoon at the earliest. many european travelers are scrambling to book train tickets but for those passengers trying to get across the atlantic from dulles, frustration is building. >> we were told we meant to rebook ourselves. we could have been on an earlier flight. >> it's stressful. i have work and a lot of things i have to get back to. >> british airways and other airlines canceled all flights in and out of london tomorrow. the ash cloud is impacting u.s. military flights, particularly wounded troops who need to be transported to medical facilities. patients from the frontlines in iraq
in prince george's county. watching this light rain, scattered showers moving into virginia out of the carolinas and the tennessee valley. that will be with us time to time throughout the rest of the day, occasional passing light shower, highs reaching the low 60s. but this rain activity should end this evening. then we get sunshine back tomorrow, morning lows in the upper 40s, afternoon highs near 70. then partly cloudy on friday. morning lows mid-40s, afternoon highs again near 70 degrees. as we get into the weekend, looks like we're going to have a wet pattern come in. saturday looks like we could get showers. morning lows in the mid 40, afternoon highs mid-60s. looks like heavier rain may move in sunday. now jerry, how's the traffic on this wednesday morning? >> tom, good morning. we're doing fine. good morning everyone. the drive along 395 quiet so far and at this point appears to be on dry pavement. good news if you're getting ready to hang out. let's go over to maryland and head over to the american legion bridge from the maryland shoreline. right side is the outer loop.
virginia miners. crews have been met with dangerous levels of gases underground. >>> and as many as 20 people are displaced after an early morning. it took nearly 70 firefighters to put out the flames. "news 4 midday" begins right now. good morning, everyone, and weldcom to "news 4 midday." i'm eun yang in for barbara harrison today. thursday, april 8th, 2010. >>> a diplomat, an illegal smoke break and some miscommunication. that's all it took to set off a massive terror scare in the air. it involved a flight heading from reagan to denver, and this morning we're learning more about the confusion on board. news 4's tracee wilkins reports. >> reporter: when they say no smoking on a plane, they are absolutely serious about that. a diplomat found that out last night, and so did a plane full of people. mohammed yaaqob y.m. al madadi, a qatari diplomat, is accused of having a quick smoke in the lavatory of an airplane. that urge ended with him in custody and fighter jets in tow. it started yesterday on a flight headed from reagan international airport to denver. the "today" show interviewed
returned their census forms. the breakdown also looks good for the washington region. in virginia, 57% of the forms have been returned. while in maryland, 54% of household forms have been returned. in the district, the number is 47%. but if you are one of the millions that have yet to return yours, you may want to get on that. tracie potts is working the big story this afternoon and is live on capitol hill. hi, tracie. >> reporter: good afternoon. today is not the deadline day yes. those numbers for maryland and virginia look good. they are above the national average. but this year, census officials say they think they may have a little more difficulty tracking people down because of the housing crisis. ♪ you probably heard those hip new ads and should have the census form by now. the government counts everyone live something the u.s. through april 1st which means this newborn will be one of the last ones counted. local officials are making a big deal at rallies all over the country today and here is why. >> every missed resident could lose $13,000. >> reporter: all about the money.
mine in raleigh county, west virginia. charleston. that blast was caused by a buildup of methane gas. mitt rescue crews are still hopeful they will find some survivors. steve handelsman has our report from raleigh county. >> reporter: as family and friends waited and hoped for a miracle the drilling teams made quick progress. boring a six-inch-wide hole down to the mine before dawn to where 25 men died monday. you about four miners might still be alive. they are drilling other holes as well. they are using pumps to pull methane from the chamber. so rescuers can re-enter. surviving miners may have made it to one of two sealed shelter. >> we know they didn't come out so -- you -- next option would be for them to go through that refuge chamber. >> dust, dirt, debris, blowing. if hi to put my head down i couldn't see. >> reporter: stanley is a miner who survived the blast monday. now he's agonizing about his missing friends. >> my very good buddy. people don't understand the comradey between miners. >> upper big branch mine cited 12 times last month for ventilation violations. >> all
to 64. that's a cooler spot. 70 in martinsburg, west virginia. our forecast for today, increasing clouds, showers and thunderstorms rolling in, but probably not until late this afternoon and evening. heaviest rains and shower chances coming after 8:00 p.m. this evening. for tomorrow, a lingering shower or two first thing this time tomorrow morning. sunshine breaking out by tomorrow afternoon it will feel cooler than average tomorrow, believe it or not, temperatures will stay in the mid to high 50s that will feel down right cold compared to the back-to-back 90s we've had. it's going to be a toasty one today, jerry. temperatures up into the mid 80s once again. >> chuck, we will be prepared. let's see how we're doing. early morning thursday morning commute getting under way. quiet northbound and southbound right now. as you make the trip on the capital beltway no hangups. let's see how we're doing along 270 southbound there was overnight road work headed out of gaithersburg, they are in the process of picking that up. northbound still working on the roadway, but no significant delays so far
some 40s from spring spooeld, virginia, out towards culpep culpeper. check out these will will:00 a.m. temperatures feeling like the middle of summer out there. our temperature at national airport has hopped up now to 81 doigs. 8 out in fairfax and loudoun counties. 81 in manassas and frederick, maryland. 71 at the naval academy in annapolis. a hint of a bay breeze there. quantico, a breeze coming you have the tidal potomac. no rain just yet. we are waiting on a chance for showers to come in late this afternoon, primarily this evening part of a weather front coming our way. a couple of sprinkles in northern west virginia. increasing clouds, very warm, quite breezy out there. chance of showers late in the day. probably after the sun goes down. mid 80s today, barbara but this is it. no more 80s in the seven-day forecast. >> it sure has been nice. of course, we will get it again later. thanks a lot. >>> and jerry edwards has an update on the midday traffic. how is it looking out there at this hour? >> looking pretty good. we're recovering from a couple of issues. beltway northern virgi
in the panhandle of west virginia up into pennsylvania, some scattered showers across west virginia and into the ohio valley. that area of low pressure is going to be coming down our way later on today, and before that we may see a little sun this morning. but overall, a cloudy day, some showers by midday and then perhaps some afternoon thunderstorms, some of which may be severe. could produce some hail and damaging winds. that would be from about 3:00 orr 4:00 in the afternoon all the way through perhaps early evening this evening. highs reaching near 70 before then. things should settle down by late this evening and by dawn tomorrow maybe lingering light showers. after that we ought to get sunshine back by tomorrow afternoon with highs in the mid 60s. then the weather does settle down considerably midweek. we veal the shine back on wednesday. should be partly cloudy. morning lows near 40. afternoon highs into the mid 60s. then lots of sunshine for thursday with highs near 70. let's check traffic on this monday morning. jerry, how is it look sng. >> good morning to you. good mornin
miners in west virginia. officials determined that the mine's air is now safe enough to allow crews back in. jay gray has the latest from raleigh county, west virginia. >> reporter: for the third time since monday's explosion an anxious and determined group of rescue members made their way into the upper big branch mine sometime after midnight. >> we'll be in a position this evening or this morning to make a mad dash. >> reporter: carrying four extra oxygen masks the crew will push towards two reinforced safety chambers about five miles inside the mine. experts agree the only way four missing miners could have survived if they made to it these safe havens. >> i hope they will come out alive. >> reporter: as they pray for that miracle they must prepare for the reality of the lives that were lost. today recovery teams will begin the grim task of removing the miners of those who died in the blast. >> it will be a slow process. we got to respect the bodies. i don't have a time frame on it. we'll just try to do it as soon as possible. >> i believe families are relieved and knowing this proces
in virginia are warning parents about the attempted abduction of a young child. two brothers were walking home near lanise way in bristo yesterday evening when a man tried to snatch the 5-year-old. his older brother who is 9 pushed the boy away from the suspect and then ran for help. neither boy was injured. but police would like to hear from anybody who saw someone or something suspicious. >>> just a week after killing a bill to give the district voting rights because of a rider that weaknd the city's gun laws, they reacted to a stand alone bill during the same thing. the changes could affect the safety of those who work or live in the district. craig melvin joins us with more. craig? >> reporter: doreen, tomorrow marks the start of the next round of congress versus d.c. in a seemingly never ending battle over gun laws and who has the right to make them. this comes as a city still reels over the deaths of four teenagers killed in a drive by shooting not far from here. that was exactly four weeks ago tonight. on what the bill would mean, d.c.'s lone voice in congress is emphatic and clear. >>
hanging back well to the west. just now really coming into west virginia, last frame you see there, most of the storms south of columbus and south of pittsburgh, pennsylvania right now. where do we go from here? the area is not under severe thunderstorm watch. that's to the north. we have had a handful of warnings here. could see more, i think, up until 11 cloak p.m. it is really up until 11 cloak or midnight we could see storms and showers probably up until 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. in the morning. we have big changes on the way, sxwrim doreen. big-time cooldown for the weekend. we are going to take a look at the temperatures in a few minutes. >> thanks,ver couldn't. >>> to our top story. murder mystery involving a very popular d.c. school principal. >> brian betts was the principal at shaw middle school. police discovered him dead inside of his silver spring home yesterday. >> news4's pat collins talks with those who knew betts well. pat, what's the latest? >> reporter: the death of a principal. a case of murder. the cause, gunshot. was there any sign of forced entry into the house? >> there w
virginia community koeps with tragedy. good afternoon. i'm pat lawson muse. >> i'm jim handly. drilling began late tuesday and continues at this hour to save those four trapped men. prettiers are working to clear enough poisonous gas from the upper big branch mine in west virginia to help rescue workers begin entering and searching. investigators believe an accumulation of the gas may have contributed to the blast. it killed at least 25 miners, making it the worst u.s. mining accident in more than two decades. crews have been drilling holes into the mine in an effort to vent methane. we begin our coverage with steve handelsman. he is live near the scene of this deadly explosion in naoma, west virginia. what's the latest? >> reporter: good evening. here at the upper big branch mine complex, short time ago, officials were bringing us up to date. not a lot of ee norm us headline material but they did confirm when they first punched threw the mine, atmosphere in there was as they feared and expected, contaminated badly with methane. if the four guys alive, they would only be alive if they m
. live in vince, la larks i'm jay gray. jim, back to you. >> jay, thank you. >>> northern virginia congressman jim moran says today he asked the interior secretary to reconsider a allowing offshore drilling. in the letter congressman moran says regardless of ideology the situation should give everyone pause regarding expansion of offshore drilling. it is becoming increasingly likely the gulf states are looking at an economic and environmental disaster not seen since the exx"exxon valdez." moran says virginia's fishing and coastal tourism industries are vital to the economy. and if exploration off the virginia coast. make sure the scope of the problems is understood before any drilling permits or leases are allowed. >>> there may now be a criminal probe of the company that runs the west virginia mine where 29 people died earlier this month. a federal law enforce many official says that the fbi has interviewed nearly t two dozen former and current massey energy employees. the official says the fbi is looking for evidence that the richmond based company engaged in criminal negligence
. generally in the mid-50s around town. 51 in prince georges county. and martinburg, west virginia, 49 degrees this morning. and the radar, there is a ribbon of rain showers this week, but the industrial strength is arriving late this afternoon and evening and much through the day tomorrow. and there is a forecast today, a mix of sunshine and clouds early. temperatures in the low 60s, and a high temperature, a 70% chance of rain today and a 60% chance of more rain tomorrow and then again on monday and lingering on tuesday. we needed to catch up where half of the average rainfall is what we have, so we will get caught up. >> thank you, chuck. >> you are welcome. >>> new today, a man is in in the hospital after being stabbed. it happened in wheaton. the man was conscious and breathing when taken to the hospital. he is currently in stable condition. police are still looking for his attacker. they think he might have gotten away in a blue vehicle. >>> court papers show a suspect in the d.c. mass shooting is cooperating with authorities. court papers outline the time line behind the killings. it be
ceremonies will be held across virginia today on the third anniversary of the virginia tech massacre. on april 16, 2007, a student opened fire on the blacksburg campus killing 32 people before turning the gun on himself. today at 9:30 a.m., governor bob mcdonald will lead a ceremony at the capitol. as part of the ceremony, the bell tower will ring 32 times in remembrance and honor of the victims. virginia tech has canceled all classes today. >>> on the same day as this anniversary, three virginia congressmen are urging their colleagues to sue closing the gun show loophole. the three are pushing the bill that would require private sellers to perform background check for buyers at gun shows. the families of the victims of the virginia tech tragedy are sue you porting the bill. >>> the pentagon is changing its policy on how privately owned guns can be handled at military installations in wake of year's deadly shooting at ft. hood. robert gates is ordering a new policy to cover all branches of the military. he wants an interim plan in place by june with a permanent policy implemented nex
county in the low 40s. it's below freezing in the mountains of western maryland and west virginia, near 30 degrees there. near 40 now on the eastern shore. mid-40s through southern virginia. and over the last 12 hours we've had the afternoon clouds break up and overnight we cleared out and starting off clear and chilly this morning. later on today, blustery northwest winds. it's going to be cool with lots of sunshine, though, highs reaching the low to mid-60s. and then another chilly night tonight. back down to near 40 degrees by dawn tomorrow. but with bright april sun and a diminishing wind on thursday we should make it to near 70. then feeling like summertime on friday and saturday, both days highs climbing into the low 80s, morning lows near 50 on friday, near 60 on saturday. we'll take a look at sunday and next week coming up this half hour. how's traffic? >> as we get under way, pretty quiet. had a bunch of road work, now looks like we're doing well on the beltway near arlington boulevard and in the overnight hours authorities were detouring traffic off the inner loop to i-66 beca
virginia local act striss gathered in fredericksburg and woodbridge. about 150 tea party activists came to hear mostly republican elected leaders rail against washington. the headliner here is former virginia governor and senator george allen. >> when we see up in washington, these days, are people that are disconnected. they are out of touch. they are about as clueless as hogs looking at a timex watch. >> reporter: it provides sleeg answer for the party activists' anger. november is coming. way my country back. their battle flag, revolutionary era don't tread on me. most say government spending and health care reform drew them to the tea party movement. >> it is time for the silent majority to stand up and say hey, folks, we are here, too. we deserve to be heard also. >> they are not representing me or this country. . when they choose for our laws t be passed, taxes go to abortion, which is murder of children, and they are not listening. they are not listening to anything. they are spending beyond belief. >> reporter: this woman says her biggest concern is the president himself. >> i t
getting started tonight. coming up, a virginia couple under arrest now and charged with animal cruelty in connection with a cockfighting ring. >>> also tonight, fireses are for firefighters. why were police called to this massive house fire in prince george's county. >>> a well-known health organization wants the federal government to wage war on salt. we are coming right back. >>> it is one of the biggest related seizures in the entire state of virginia. tonight a spotsylvania county couple is facing dozen of charges after running a suspected cockfighting breeding farm. they were under investigation since authorities raided their rural home on march 3rd. jane watrel joins us from the newsroom with more on how those animals and neighbors were suffering. jane? >> reporter: jim, it was loud. authorities say that they could have brought 150 charges against the couple but settled for 49 misdemeanor and felony charges apiece. largest seizure of its kinds in the state of virginia. stacks of chicken crates are all that remain of what authorities believed was a cockfighting breeding farm. alic
enough evidence to issue a warrant for his arrest. >>> virginia's bob mcdon sell now among the governors across the country that have gotten threatening letters from an anti-government group. mcdonnell's office received a letter wednesday and turned it over to the fbi and state police. the governor and his family are safe. the letters prompted an increase in security for governors across the country. the fbi says the letters demand the governors leave office within three days or risk being removed. the group guardians of free republic is believed to have sent the letters. >> shift gears to something way more pleasant. that's the weather. oh, my goodness. what else do you say? >> our weather, jim and doreen, omrealg at the end of a long week. little exhausting week here. get your brightest of the bright easter colors out. they will shine this upcoming weekend. temperatures today in the 70s. low 70s. few locations that hit 80. raleigh, north carolina. close to 90 degrees. if have you travel plans, terrific weather for hitting the roads. no problems weatherwise. once you get there. oh, my g
in maryland and virginia. and it would repeal registration requirements. >>> we are following more breaking news this afternoon out of prince george's county at this hour. a school bus in college park snagged on some low-lying power lines and got tangled up in those lines. this is taking place in college park near the intersection of route 1 and guilford road. officials say there were about 40 students onboard heading home from hyattsville middle school. none of the students reportedly had been injured. crews were able to move the bus but the students are remaining onboard the bus until it is safe to get off again. this is happening in college park near the intersection of route 1 and guilford road. >> dicey situation there. >>> to our top story. bret michaels remains in critical condition after suffering a brain hemorrhage. doctors plan further testing to help pinpoint the source of the brain hemorrhage. that's keeping bret michaels in intensive care. >> michaels is a competitor on nbc's "celebrity apprentice." today the creator and star of the show donald trump, add
, virginia, and it happened sometime after midnight last night. megan lagrath has the story on how it all started. >> well, good morning. this all began with a call to 911, smnl reporting that a family member was in psychiatric distress. police responded and inside the apartment, they found a very agitated man, they say. they say that officers had no choice but to use a taser. that man later died. police say paramedics were on the scene when the man went into cardiac arrest. but despite their efforts, he was pronounced dead at the hospital. investigators are now waiting for the relates of an autopsy to see if the use of a taser played a role in the man's death. it all began just after 12:30 this morning with a 911 call. a resident at the wildwood park apartments on columbia pike said a visiting family member was having a psychiatric emergency. according to a police spokesman, when officers arrived, they encountered a naked, agitated man. >> they found an unclothed and uncooperative male. the officers were forced to deploy a taser to bring him under control. shortly thereafter, they notice
side, maryland. 39 in springfield and dale city. 37 in manassas. 39 martinsburg, west virginia. when a nice day it will be today. plenty of sunshine today. that's how the irish republican army would say it. 76 degree. >> we have a wrinkle the rush hour. folks coming out of fredericksburg, 95 northbound before you get to -- sorry, north of route 3 before route 17, accident to the left. trackter tiler involved. route 3 to route 1 to 17, back over to i-95. relatively easy. overnight road work, the interchange at quantico should be wrapped up. let's head over to see how we are doing elsewhere. road work on the inner loop. braddock road, few moments ago, flashing lights. they are still out there. >> jerry, thank you. >>> it is now 18 minutes before the top of the hour. why there's suddenly more rest for the weary along virginia's highways. >> search for two missing cousins. why their cell phones could be a crucial clue about what happened to them. >>> a father ar renchlgts cue efforts continue in china following strong earthquakes that struck a mountainous reege original near tibet yester
and virginia came together to ask for more oversight of the agency. news4's megan mcgrath joins us with more. >> good morning. there have been 15 accidents in the metro system in the last year. the chairman of the committee on oversight in government reform opened this hearing by saying that was completely unacceptable and that something needs to change. now, metro officials including the new interim gm, richard sorrells are appearing before that committee today to answer questions about their safety record and what's being done to make sure that the system and the passengers are safe. now, some lawmakers a calling for more oversight over metro. specifically that there needs to be an agency with real teeth, real enforcement powers to watch over the system as well as come up with safety procedures. right now they say there is not such an entity that has enforcement powers and plays that role. also, others are calling for more funding, specifically federal funding for metro so that they can get back to do some of the maintenance and other things that they need to do and they hope that that wil
, 83 degrees in springfield, virginia. already 83 in fairfax county out at dulles international airport where the record high today at dulles is only 84. so they're 1 degree away from tiths record and two from breaking it already at dulles international airport. of course, dulles' airport records only go back to 1963. the record at national airport is 94 degrees back to 1929. temperatures are going to continue to warm here as we have this strong western atlantic ridge of high pressure, the old bermuda high we usually talk about in august and july, it's here in april. sunny today. near record high temperatures. no doubt about it. the uv index is high today. spf 30 or better if you're going to spend time outside. highs today, 88 to 94 degrees. wait till you hear the list of impressive cities we beat to 90 degrees this year, including your hometown. >> all right. that means las vegas. >> that's right. >> all right. thank you. jerry edwards has an update on our midday traffic. how is it rolling along in this heat? >> good morning to you, good morning, everyone. tough going because of the ro
a developing story in reston virginia right now. a 2-year-old boy has died after falling from the 3rd story window of a home. it happened just before 6:00 tonight on a townhouse on heritage oak park. it appears the child fell through a screen. police say the parents were home at the time and that it appears to have been a tragic accident. >>> we are learning disturbing new details tonight about a high-rise fire last night miraculously everyone made it out safely, despite no fire alarms going off. investigators say it wasn't the first time the system has failed. news4's darcy spencer is the the fire station tonight. darcy? >> reporter: hi, pat. right now there is a mandatory fire watch happening that the apartment complex. that means apartment management has to stay there 24 hours a day walking the hauls making sure that building is safe until the fire system can be repaired. >> reporter: prince george's county fire officials say the condominium building where a two-alarm blaze sent residents from their units friday night has i history code violations. the fire alarm system did not activate
on a softball field in northern virginia this weekend spoke out for the first time tonight. they remembered his passion for life, his dedication to helping others and his love for the game of softball. craig melvin has our story. >> reporter: this man saw his father-in-law go down. >> his face turned blue and chest turned blue. i knew something was really wrong. >> reporter: 55-year-old george krit crisp died on the softball field. he and his son-in-law talked about dying that way. >> one would be in your sleep. not feel or know anything or, you know, doing something that you love and having it be quick and painless. >> reporter: it probably was. the line drive hit crisp in his throat just below his jaw, rupturing his artery and in seconds blood flooded his brain. >> he is the funniest guy you ever met. it came naturally. he didn't try too hard. >> reporter: gary bartlow remembers when he had to ask permission to marry one of george crisp's daughters. >> he said, of course you can. but he also wanted to make sure i took care of her, just like he did. i promised him i would. >> reporter: besides
bureau alexandria lee says front royal, virginia, was hit with hail and lightning. it also caused downed trees and power lines. and this morning fema crews are in mississippi, the state was hit hard by these storms. 10 of the 12 fatalities happened in yazoo city according to the national weather service, that area was struck by a tornado that was a mile and a half wide with winds of at least 160 miles an hour. new video out this morning shows just how massive that tornado was. the high winds brought down trees and toppled buildings and homes. nearly 700 homes were damaged or destroyed, most in yazoo city. >> a lot of noise and debris. you could hear stuff coming off the roof. you could hear the front glass window breaking. it seemed like it lasted a long time. and then it was over. >> the inspection today by fema officials is the first step toward a possible presidential disaster declaration. >>> people in northern south carolina are also cleaning up a a possible tornado touched down there. people were injured and homes and buildings were damages in darling ton. the national weather serv
to be possible? who knows. maryland and virginia square-off in a prime-time la cros tilt. >> and plus the capitals trying to set a franchise road on the road in >>> espn reporter erin andrews has beefed up her personal security. she's received more than a dozen death threats. the e-mails have been described as explicitly violent. last month a 48-year-old insurance executive was sentenced to more than two years in prison for secretly viotaping andrews in her hotel room. andrews' attorney says he does not believe that the two cases are link said. meanwhile, andrews' asked abc for more security on the set of "dancing with the stars" that's where she's currently a contestant. >>> an important recall to tell you about, it involves something that could be throughout your entire house, drywall. fumes from some drywall made in china may be dangerous to your health. they have a sulf idcompound that gives off a recent egg smell. the federal government says removing that drywall will not be enough, the official with the consumer of product says drywall should be gutted. for one virginia family,
survived. kerry sanders tonight, thank you. >>> president obama was in west virginia today, carrying out one of the toughest duties any president has, serving as comforter in chief for the grieving. in this case, the loved ones of those 29 coal miners lost in a mining disaster just three weeks ago. nbc's mike viqueira reports tonight from beckley, west virginia. >> nothing i or the vice president or the governor, none of the speakers here today, nothing we say can fill the hole they leave in your hearts. or the absence that they leave in your lives. >> reporter: it's been three weeks since the worst mine disaster in 40 years. 29 west virginia miners lost at the upper big branch. today, after the catastrophe and the controversy, a time to mourn. >> these miners lived as they died, in pursuit of the american dream. >> reporter: friends, family, and fellow miners gathered in beckley, the heart of coal country, where they heard president obama pledge the lives lost at the mine would not be in vain. >> our task here on earth is to save lives from being lost in another such tragedy. to do what
maryland and western areas of virginia. storms in the forecast. thunderstorms for sunday. let me take through the next 48 hours. this is your futurecast. weather front south. there's clouds across the area. moving out of here more and more. clouds that we have today. high pressure continuing to think south. only briefly. for another day through tomorrow. part of that system comes east. i think we will have showers showing up on saturday. light showers. shouldn't be anything too heavy. but certainly by about lunch time saturday. here's your forecast. pleasant temperatures drop from the mid 60s to about 57 degrees next couple of hours. sunset today at 7:25. here we go with the morning forecast. we are clear, we are cool. chilly. 42 to 49 degrees. sun rising tomorrow at 6:21. for tomorrow mostly sunny and average for april, absolutely delightful for tomorrow. now wish i could cover this up but i can't. four-day forecast, taking you through the weekend. where it is going to be scattered mainly light showers for saturday. things could pick up a bit on sunday with more wet weather coming ou
gray. doreen, jim, back to you. >> jay, thank you. >>> man from virginia died after he was tasered by police in arlington. the officers say they were trying to control the man in an apartment on columbia pike and that's when they used a taser gun. that man died this morning. derrick ward is in arlington and has more on this. >> reporter: we are learning a bit more about the victim that died in the third-floor apartment in this building during the incident you just talked about. we are also learning more about the training that police officers typically undergo and what's men to be non-lethal force. when police responded to the call for a psychiatric emergency at the wild wood apartment in arlington, they encountered adil jouamai. he had been staying here with relatives. >> family member that initiated the call to the police department. >> reporter: police say he was nude and uncooperatedive and there was a struggle. an officer use ad taser on the 32-year-old man. they noticed he was not breathing. >> already dispatched to the scene and they were there and provided medical treatment
underground again. steve handelsman is working our big story this afternoon live from naoma, west virginia. >> reporter: thanks. good afternoon from west virginia. today it is stormy. officials say that may be the cause of their setback. with the barometric drops, a lot of cold air rushes of the coal mine and left dangerous methane gas seep in through the cold. teach methane in the mine meant more drilling and more pumping as rescue teams feed a hasty retreat. >> this is a it setback. the worst of our three options from a rescue attempt. >> reporter: 32 rescuers had gotten the green light overnight and headed in. miles to go. but back on the surface, tech anythingnitions were getting bad readings. four miners could be taking shellingter, the air turned explosive. too much methane. officials worried about another blast like the one that killed 25 men monday and they pulled the rescue teams 500 feet short of their goal. >> a buildup of noxioknocknoxio we have to get it out of there. >> the atmosphere is not explosive. >> reporter: miner tommy davis survived monday's blast. his mother and his
says if he were to run again he believes he would win. >>> in west virginia, rescue officials say hopes of finding four missing miners are alive but are dwindling. still trying to get back inside the upper big branch mine where an explosion on monday killed at least 25 workers. steve handelsman is in raleigh county, west virginia, with the latest on this. steve? >> reporter: thanks. good evening. pumped in nay throw general and put out the fire, sound of the mine overnight. for the fourth time, they sent back in the rescue crews, 2:30. we may hear something at 8:30. it might be definitive. almost nobody in this part of west virginia's holding out much hope because of what the rescue crews discovered overnight. the bad news from the overnight search left a lot of local miners less hopeful. >> no good when you -- let your hopes down. >> reporter: rescue teams had made it to the one chamber. officials had hoped at least three missing miners, maybe all four, had taken refuge. and as seen in the optimistic animation. in fact, the chamber was still folded, unused. >> as a coal miner you know
in west virginia. rescuers have been pulled from the mine for a third time this morning. jay gray has the latest from raleigh county, west virginia. >> overnight another major setbackback for rescue teams in the mountains of west virginia. >> had a long night, we had a difficult night. we ran into some problems. >> earlier as crews searched for survivors, they instead found something no one expected. >> what we didn't expect is for there to be smoke from a fire. and that changed what we had to do. >> before they were pushed out of the mine, the rescue teams did inspect one of two safety chambers. >> it was not deployed. it was intact and not deployed. so we know that there was nobody in that chamber. so we had that one more chamber left to check. >> reporter: as they worked to extinguish the flames from the outside, crews also plan to drill three more bore hole into the mine, one near the unchecked safety chamber to try and get a clear picture of whether anyone is inside. >> we're still hoping, we still hold out that's been deployed and that thing instability and we can -- have a mira
and yellow lines in virginia. the culprit there? a track maintenance vehicle. its wheels popped off the track, not once, but twice. the first time in crystal city, the second time near reagan national airport. inbound and outbound traffic had to share a rail to get around the vehicle. it added about a half hour to many commutes. >> the platform was extra crowded, maybe 10, 12 people deep from the edge. >> long and slow. >> reporter: what was going on? >> the yellow line was delayed. a lot of people on the train. >> reporter: how late are you? >> about a half hour. >> reporter: fortunately, none of the problems required a major fix. and all of the work was wrapped up at about 8:40 this morning. it should not effect the evening rush hour. from metro headquarters, megan mcgrath, news4. >>> and permanent repairs will be made to the track near the nailer road station overnight. >>> you will have another chance today to pay your respects to dorothy height. public ceremonies are taking place this afternoon, and this evening, to celebrate the life of the civil rights leader who died last week at the
>>> this morning on early today, waiting for word. rescuers go back into a west virginia mine in a desperate search for four missing miners. >>> rolling up their sleeves, astronauts on space shuttle "discovery" get to work on their first space walk. >>> and stay out of the water. swarming sharks shut down beaches in florida. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry, and today we begin with an all-out effort. after a day of agonizing delays, rescue crews are making their way back into a west virginia mine in search of the four missing miners from monday's deadly blast. >>> on thursday searchers came within 500 feet of a rescue chamber where possible survivors may be but were forced to turn around when the air became too toxic. nbc's jay gray is in naoma, west virginia. good morning to you, jay. >> reporter: good morning to you, lynn. they say they will get to the chambers this morning. the conditions are still sketchy in the mine. understand they're working right on the edge of a very dangerous situation with high levels of methan
. it is not known if the suspects had any connection to the university. >>> virginia governor bob mcdonnell wants the people of the commonwealth to join their west virginia neighbors in a moment of silence tomorrow to honor the victims of the mine tragedy. 3:30 monday will mark exactly one week since the explosion that killed 29 people. the lives of the miners were also honored today in church services across southern west virginia. federal officials are set to arrive tomorrow to begin their investigation into just what went wrong. >>> when we come back on news4 at 6:00 tonight, a lawmaker takes aim at airlines, charging passengers to carry on luggage. >>> plus, washington braces for huge traffic headaches as dozens of world leaders come to town. >>> and a big bang brings down the former home of the dallas cowboys. >>> justin? >> what a perfect way to end the weekend today with temperatures near 80 degrees again in some locations, but all good things do have to come to an end. we will talk about changes as the next cold front impacts our >>> two "discovery" astronauts were working to replace a co
. >>> hundreds of people rallied in washington and northern virginia to remind the government about their constitutional right to bear arms. one group rallied in alexandra. many of the speakers carried loaded guns. that is because of a new law that allows weapons in national parks. at the washington monument those in attendance were unarmed. they said their concern is not about race or political background, but rather protecting the constitution. leaders say they chose today because it is the anniversary of battles in 1775 that were instrumental in starting the revolutionary war. >>> maryland governor martin o'malley called the beating of a university of maryland student by police officers "a very serious issue." he talked about the videotape beating on wtop radio today. o'malley says it is the responsibility of any police force to keep an eye on the public and its officers. >> lots of people have seen the video. very few of us were there on the scene but i'm sure this matter will receive the attention it deserves from the chief of police of prince george's county. >> four officers
stevens, who will turn 90 this month. >>> at the upper big branch mine in west virginia tonight, efforts are accelerating to find four miners who are still unaccounted for after monday's deadly explosion. west virginia's governor is promising a conclusion to the search by midnight. steve hands elelsman has the th story. >> reporter: are any of the four missing miners alive? >> we will know if we have that sliver of hope, that miracle and bring finality to this closure tonight. >> reporter: earlier rescue teams made it to the first of two shelters where survivors might have taken refuge. it was empty. no one inside as seen in this earlier animation. until that news, virginians held out hope, not anymore. miner allen cox, his face still black from today's shift. >> it's heart wrenching. those guys are trying to feed their families the best way they can. >> reporter: rescuers and drilling teams that face terrible conditions of fire finally put out by nitrogen tonight. the huge explosion monday was known to have killed 25 men, 29 if the missing men aren't found in the second shelter. the fun
of northern virginia, suburban maryland, anywhere where you can get away from the water. downtown 75 to 78 degrees. if you're up alongside the bay or potom temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s. if you didn't think today would be nice enough, tomorrow even better. mostly sunny. friday and our first 80 degree day since early last october. but it won't be our last one. saturday also mostly sunny with a high of 83 degrees. hard to believe you can find anything to complain about. jerry edwards, i know if there's anything to complain about in there you'll find it. >> thanks a lot. let's head out and see how we're doing as the early thursday morning drive gets under way. a lot of overnight road work. capital beltway. traffic so light any lane closures having minimal effect. maryland, along i-270, southbound traffic, notice the right side of your screen bright patch is northbound road work. as you head south from montgomery village. the lanes are opened southbound out of frederick on down to the split. eun, pat, good morning. >> good morning. >> this morning investigators continue to piece tog
.c. >> aaron gilchrist, thank you. >>> more on the mining disaster in west virginia. still too dangerous for rescuers go inside that mine. authorities say that the levels of methane gas are too high. four miners remain missing after an explosion mob, killed 25 miners. and in the meantime, help from our area is on its way. members of sprint nextel's emergency response team loaded up this morning and bringing hundreds of cell phones and other devices to the mine to help authorities better communicate with each other. steve handelsman is there in naoma, west virginia, to tell bus what the scene is there now. steve? >> reporter: thanks. good evening. certainly used an increase of cell power here. a lot of the families we speak to say they are having a hard time staying in touch. in the deep valleys in coal country in west virginia, they never had cell service. this is a place of intensity now. intense emotions and intense rescue efforts. let's talk about the first. we spoke a short time ago to a miner who was one of those who escaped on monday. this was during a shift change when the explosi
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